Loyola College aims at teacher retention


How do you attract and keep master teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools when the corporate world can offer bigger salaries and better educational opportunities?

Loyola College, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan division of Catholic Schools, has come up with a solution -- Catholic Schools Fellowship Program -- that will help solve the problem for area Catholic schools and provide a model that other private and public schools can adopt. Although the program is designed to attract qualified people into Catholic schools and give them the necessary training, according to Loyola Education Department Chairman Dr. William Amoriell, it can be modified and tailored to meet the needs of other school systems.

The graduate level program is comprised of three components: the first involves 40 credits of graduate level academic study. The second involves an internship during which the fellows are placed within targeted schools and gain experience as teachers. The third places the fellows with an experienced teacher, hired by the college as a full-time mentor. To date, the college has selected two such teachers who have demonstrated excellence in their professions to work as full-time mentors for a maximum of six fellows each.

The program, which takes about three years to complete, has attracted 23 applicants, competing for 12 openings in the inaugural class.

The college expects the program to expand in two areas: the first expansion would increase the number of fellows accepted into the program, while the second would extend it to secondary education. "Right now, we are training people to teach elementary levels, but in the future, we will apply the same principles to train teachers for secondary levels," said Dr. Amoriell.

For more information about the program, call Dr. Amoriell at 532-5095.

The Johns Hopkins School of Continuing Studies -- which specializes in graduate programs for working professionals-- will launch a revamped and restructured business program in September.

The program addresses the critical issues of a rapidly changing business world, issues which include international business and the global economy, diversity in the workplace, ethics, and total quality management.

The master of science in business core curriculum schools students in business theory, while specialized seminars and electives provide flexibility for concentration in management, financial management, human resource/behavioral management, or information technology.

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